Having your septic tank pumped is arguably the most important part of maintaining your septic system. This is because over time, sludge will build up inside your septic tank and prevent the processing of new waste water. When this happens, any new waste water that is introduced to the system will back up into your yard or home. The only way to prevent this from happening is to pump the sludge out of your tank before it reaches a critical level. For most people, this means pumping their septic tank every three to five years. However, for others, this mandatory maintenance may be required far more frequently. If you find that you need septic tank pumping more than every three years, there are steps that you can take to reduce the frequency of this mandatory maintenance.
Reduce Your Waste Water Production
Every septic tank is limited in how much waste water it can effectively process at any given time. This limit is based on the size of the tank. The problem is, many households produce more waste water than their residential septic tank is capable of processing at one time. This is because many people lose sight of just how much water is going down their drain when they are not paying a water or sewer bill each month.
Taking steps to reduce the amount of waste water produced can help your septic tank to function more efficiently and will often allow additional processing time to ensure the proper breakdown of solid waste in the water. This can lead to far less frequent septic tank pumping.
For instance, you can easily reduce waste water by as much as 200 gallons per month by simply turning off the water while brushing your teeth each day.
Be Mindful Of Antibacterial Products That Are Exposed To Your Septic System
Your septic tank needs live bacteria in order to breakdown solid waste and prevent your tank from becoming full too quickly. The problem is, many of the products that people use in their home actually work to kill this bacteria. Consequently, the frequent use of antibacterial products in your home can actually result in far more frequent septic tank pumping.
If you are not quite ready to give up your antibacterial cleaners and hand soaps, you should know that it is possible to limit the impact these products have on your septic tank without abandoning their use all together. For instance, rather than giving up your bathroom cleaners that contain bleach, you can simply choose to wipe up these cleaners with disposable paper towels rather than allowing them to run down the drain or using a cloth rag that will need to be washed out under the tap.
If you absolutely cannot find a way to keep your antibacterial products from going down the drain, you may also wish to talk to your maintenance contractor about the use of bacterial additives. These additives can help you to maintain an appropriate bacteria level inside your septic tank by replacing the bacteria that is killed by the use of antibacterial products.